August 2012
ANA Encourages RNs to Use Their Personal Health Information as a Step Toward Empowering Consumers to Manage Health

Building on its commitment to increase consumers’ engagement in their health care decisions, the American Nurses Association (ANA) first is seeking to ensure that registered nurses (RNs) use their own personal health information to improve their health.

The pledge ANA is requesting RNs to sign is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Consumer Campaign to involve and empower consumers in their health management through the use of information technology. The pledge asks RNs to obtain their personal health records from their health care providers, develop or maintain the records online, and use those records to make decisions about their own health.



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ANA Partners with Capella University to Offer Nursing Leadership Webinars

ANA is partnering with Capella University to offer a series of leadership webinars for nurses. Capella University is an accredited online university that has built its reputation by providing high quality online degree programs for working adults. The webinars are being offered as a part of ANA’s Leadership Institute.

The five-part series, which will provide continuing education credits, will give nurses the opportunity to step more fully into the role as leader. “It’s critical that nurses recognize—and embrace—their role as leaders,” said ANA CEO Marla J. Weston. “Working at the first level of decision-making, nurses are uniquely positioned to evaluate the impact of policies, generate opportunities for quality improvement, provide innovative solutions, and mobilize others to meet new demands.”

The webinar series begins September 19, 2012 and ANA members receive a discount at registration. Learn more here.



Summer 2012 ANA Immunize Award

One registered nurse takes her message about the importance of immunization directly to parents of low-income and immigrant students at urban elementary schools. Another registered nurse talks to social media outlets to dispel misperceptions about vaccinations and encourage immunization. Both Ann Andreoni and Melody Butler earned the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Immunity Award for their initiatives to raise immunization rates and educate the public about the benefits of protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Consider nominating a nurse leader for the ANA Immunity Award. Nomination deadline for the Winter 2012 Award is October 31, 2012. Access online nomination form



Join the Nurses' Health Study

The Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are excited to announce that the Nurses' Health Study is growing.  Started in 1976 and expanded in 1989, the information provided by its 238,000 dedicated nurse-participants has allowed NHS to produce key advances in literally hundreds of important topics–altering medical practice and changing national dietary guidelines. Nurses' Health Study 3 is now accepting nurses into their newest study.

ANA hopes you will act as an ambassador to encourage your colleagues to join this new study.  For the new cohort, the plan is to enroll over 100,000 female nurses (RNs and LPNs) and nursing students between 20 and 46 years old (born after January 1, 1965).  The new study is entirely web-based.

To learn more and to join, nurses should visit



Nursing Words of Note

"The life we have chosen as nurses … is not for the fainthearted. It demands uncommon fortitude."

Geraldine Felton, R.N.



Participating NDNQI® Hospitals Achieve Reduction in Hospital Acquired Conditions

Participating hospitals in the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® (NDNQI®) have achieved national level reduction in two Hospital Acquired Conditions, pressure ulcers and falls. The NDNQI is recognized as a transformational tool that provides actionable unit-level metrics. These metrics are then used by interprofessional team members, particularly nurses, to successfully reduce HACs which are sensitive to nursing care. The NDNQI is used in 1,852 hospitals, and in 18,894 units in the United States.

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Nurses Campaign Activity Night (CAN) will be held on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012! With Election Day right around the corner, this is your chance to get involved in a campaign and make sure nurses’ voices are heard. There is much at stake this election season. Medicare and Medicaid are in jeopardy. Public Health programs are likely to be slashed and Safe Staffing legislation has been placed on the back burner. We need friends in Washington!

So get out your campaign signs, put on your walking shoes, and get ready to hit the campaign trail for a candidate of your choice. October 17th, nurses around the country will stand together and show that when Nurses Speak; we send people to Washington.

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